Just a Mom and, you guessed it, hair stylist!
My favorite things to cook
I can cook anything in my slow cooker...anything. It's a working Mom's best friend! My favorite meals, though, are the ones I prepare with care for my loved ones. I adore cooking with tomatoes so I naturally gravitate to more Americanized versions of Italian and Spanish foods. I love to make Fry Bread and chili, lasagna, burritos, meatballs, and other basic family friendly fair. I often get requests around the holidays, as October begins a huge cooking frenzy in my kitchen. Specialties include pumpkin cheesecake with a super secret glaze, spiral ham, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, pork chop "ghoulash", glazed kielbasa, stuffed peppers, potato casseroles, and every sort of soup and cold meat salad that you can imagine!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Being Southern, I adore all that greasy, fattening food. Anything with lard or fatback, and I am there with a fork in hand! However, it doesn't make it's way to our table often. I love ramps (wild, onion-y plants that grow here in our mountains) wild mushrooms, fresh wild greens and I hope to learn how to can our fresh produce this summer and fall. Right now I am learning to cook old mountain/native favorites such as bean bread, fry bread, and lye dumplings. My favorite tradition, however, is teaching my children how to cook!
My cooking triumphs
For years, allrecipes.com has enabled me to earn a reputation as a good cook. (check out my OLD reviews under the screenname "lovesleslie") I am back to using this site again as my children's tastes mature, and so far, so good! My greatest triumph was turning my lasagna hating ex into a lasagna addict...I still make a batch for him now and then. My other greatest triumph, thanks to this site, was cooking a Thanksgiving for 30 adults...and serving it in a formal setting.
My cooking tragedies
O no. Not enough room here. Let me see...when I was 9 I made my first batch of baking powder biscuits that even our dog would not eat. This is the same dog that, the very next day, willingly ingested rat poison! My brother still teases me about that!